Updated: Feb 1, 2021
Hello everyone, and welcome. This post will contain our guidelines and rules for ValidYouth. In the future, we may change it so that our rules are not in a post, and are instead, somewhere else. But for now, they are in this blog. We also may update our rules as time goes by.
Be Kind and Courteous
We're all in this together to create a welcoming environment. Let's treat everyone with respect. Healthy debates are natural, but kindness is required.
2. No Hate Speech or Bullying
Make sure everyone feels safe. Bullying of any kind isn't allowed, and degrading comments about things like race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender and identity will not be tolerated.
3. No Promotion or Spam
Give more than you take to this group. Self-promotion, spam and irrelevant links aren't allowed. If there are any bots, please report them to your admins. However, there are some exceptions. You may promote something if you are in need of donations, or if you are a small business that NEEDS buyers for your own personal reasons. We have to be very careful with the things we allow on here, as a simple click on a link could land you in a bad place on the internet.
4. Respect Everyone's Privacy
Being part of this group requires mutual trust. Authentic, expressive discussions make groups great, but may also be sensitive and private. What's shared in the group should stay in the group.
5. No sexual activity such as nudity, pornography, etc.
We strive to make our website a safe place for transgender youth, hence the name, ValidYouth. Once there is any public, or even private sexual activity on this website, it is no longer a safe space for youth. If you are to post or message anything like nudity, pornography, or more, the admins will take it down. Not only will we take it down, but we can and will take down your ValidYouth account.
6. No self-harm or suicidal blogs
There are support groups on this website. That is the main reason we are here. We want to help you as best as we can, but self-harm and suicidal blogs are simply not allowed. They could trigger others, and it makes it so that our website is not a safe place. We are not therapists as we have mentioned many times, but we do provide hotlines and support groups if you need help. There are other places you can post blogs such as these, but not on our youth support organization website. Self-harm and suicidal blogs may also be disturbing to youth.
7. Be responsible with what you say, post, or ask questions about
If you are reading all of these rules, you are probably aware of how important this rule is to us by now. Responsibility is key; we are willing to listen to you, read your posts, and answer questions, but certain things you say or ask could be terrible. For example, do not ask somebody for things like the N word pass. There are many things you shouldn't say or ask, but that is only one of them.
Like we mentioned earlier, the admins may change the rules as time goes by, and we may also move the rules to a different space on this website once we figure out how to. Remember to follow these rules and the new ones that may come soon. If we ever delete you from a group or anything like that, it is most likely because you violated our rules. Stay strong, and remember that you are valid!